Increase in Safety Initiatives for Waste Management Industry

According to a recent article from American Recycler, safety is taking a top priority in the waste management industry with the implementation of several new programs.

Being a waste or recycling driver is considered to be one of the top 10 most dangerous professions in the country, particularly with the increase in distracted driving and multitasking while behind the wheel.

To help prevent potentially fatal accidents, risk management company, Lytx, has developed a solution that helps detect the subtle signs of distracted and drowsy driving in real time.

Waste drivers also face an increased risk of being struck by distracted motorists, which prompted the Slow Down to Get Around initiative developed by the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA). The goal of the program is to “remind motorists to drive more carefully when near waste and recycling collection vehicles.”

As of July 2015, nine states have enacted Slow Down to Get Around laws, which require drivers to reduce their speed to at least 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit and to pass at least two feet to the left of a stationary waste or recycling vehicle. Failure to comply with the law can carry up to a $250 fine.

Additionally, advancements in technology have allowed Lytx to develop a DriveCam program to analyze incidents such as collisions and hard braking to offer personalized coaching insights to improve driving behavior to help prevent similar incidents in the future.

Read the full article from American Recycler to learn more about the increased awareness on safety in the waste management industry.